Best Spots for a Rooftop Cocktail in Madrid

The sun is shining in Madrid and that means one thing: terraza season! This special time of year refers to the moment when the outdoor terraces, patios, courtyards and rooftops of Madrid open up for business. Locals and tourists alike flock to these spots to indulge in beer, wine or cocktails al fresco. Rooftop bars are an especially exciting way to experience Madrid’s terraza season, offering incredible views and delicious drinks from up above. Here are our top picks:

La Azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes

With 360° panoramic views of Madrid and beyond, this rooftop is one of the best spots in the Spanish capital to have a drink and take in some seriously awe-inspiring views. Lounge on the relaxing beds with cava on chilled ice or enjoy lunch with views of the Sierras. This is the ideal place for admiring the Retiro park and the famous Atocha train station to the Plaza Mayor. You can also peek over the edge to watch the world go by on the famous Calle de Gran Vía. Although visibility is great at any time of day, sunset makes for a stunning experience. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the Minerva sculpture by Juan Luis Vassallo, the Roman goddess of art.

Cost: Entrance is four euros, but contact for table reservations.

Madrid’s Gran Vía from the Círculo de Bella Artes. Photo by Lori Zaino

Mirador del Palacio Cibeles

This outdoor terrace overlooks the busy Cibeles traffic circle, the Bank of Spain and beyond. A chic place for a rooftop cocktail, the Mirador actually isn’t on the top roof itself, but a little side terrace on the sixth floor. Still, the views are fantastic and the drinks are flowing! Note that this bar doesn’t open until 1:00 pm daily.

Cost: Entrance is two euro. If you dine at the restaurant, it’s free to go up.

El Cielo de Alcalá Rooftop Bar

This is one of Madrid’s newer rooftops, part of the Hotel H10 Puerta de Alcalá.  You can often snag a table without a wait because many people don’t know about this hidden gem. The perfect spot to pop a bottle of icy-cold cava,  you can admire the sunset over the treetops of the Retiro Park and the nearby Casa Árabe. If you are a guest at the hotel, you can dip into the small but refreshing pool or lay out in the lounge chairs.

Cost: Free to enter, but you must pay to drink or dine.

A sunset view from the H10 Puerta de Alcalá El Cielo Rooftop Bar. Photo by Lori Zaino

The Hat Rooftop

Perched atop one of Madrid’s trendiest hostels, The Hat is a hipster space that’s coveted for its intimate vibe. You’ll feel as if you’re at a neighborhood barbecue in Brooklyn — except your actually on a roof  in Spain. With charming tables for two and lights strung up around the space, you can order cocktails that come in a bag and rounds of beers. The views aren’t expansive, but they do overlook the red rooftops of the city, adding to the already quaint ambiance of this outdoor terrace.

Cost: Free to enter, but you must pay to drink or dine.

SkyBar at the Axel

The Axel Madrid is aimed towards gay travellers but the space is most certainly ‘hetero-friendly.’  The rooftop SkyBar, which features a long, sleek pool, is particularly enjoyable  — think views for days, ambient music and spacious, comfortable seating. Plus, quirky details like neon signs and funky tiling make the space fun and inviting.

Cost: Free to enter, but you must pay to drink or dine.

Madrid’s rooftops from the SkyBar at the Axel Hotel. Photo by Lori Zaino

Radio Rooftop Bar

The Radio Bar at the Hotel ME Madrid Reina Victoria is one of the largest rooftop bars on this list. Recently renovated, the space overlooks the busy Plaza Santa Ana and is complete with cabanas, table seating and various sofas and spaces to dance. The spot prides itself on being ‘exclusive,’ and you can count on waiting in line to get in, especially on a Friday or Saturday evening. However, once you make it up, the glamorous scene is worth it!

Cost: Free to enter, but you must pay to drink or dine.

Nice To Meet You Sky Lounge

The Sky Lounge at the Dear Hotel is one of Madrid’s tallest rooftops. The almost vertigo-inducing space on the 14th floor of the hotel offers breathtaking views of the Royal Palace, Calle de Gran Vía and Plaza de España. A small plunge pool is available for hotel guests to dip into while enjoying the views. Dusk and evening times on weekends are best for visiting this bar to hear DJ sets — but dress to impress as the crowd is usually pretty sophisticated.

Cost: Free to enter, but you must pay to drink or dine.

Gran Vía at night from the Sky Lounge at the Dear Hotel. Photo by Lori Zaino


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